Tag Archives: ez430

Board Hackthon

Last weekend, a couple of us from computer club (read hardware enthusiasts) met together to discuss about the different development boards available and also to learn from each other.


The following are the list of development boards that we discussed during the hackthon.

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Using ez430 to control PPTs in Mac

After seeing me using my ez430, programmable watch to control ppt’s in my Mac, a couple of people asked me explain how I do it. As usual, instead of sending separate emails, I thought of documenting it here, so that it would be useful for others.

The following are the steps you need to follow.

  • Plugin the ez430 USB dongle to the USB port of your Mac
  • Pair the USB dongle and your ez430 watch
  • Install python and Serial library
  • Download or clone the ez430 tools repo from github
  • Open up your ppt presentation
  • Open terminal, navigate to the directory where you have ez430 tools package files and then type the command python ppt-mac.py
  • And you are done 🙂

Let me know if you face any issues.

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Programmable watch – My new Geek toy

I have added a new addition to my existing list of geek toys. This time it the programmable watch ez430 by Texas instruments.EZ430-Chronos

Yes you heard it right; it is a watch which you can (re)program 😉


The following are some of its features

  • MSP430 with integrated <1GHz wireless transceiver
  • On-board 3-axis accelerometer
  • Pressure sensor
  • Temperature sensor
  • Battery voltage sensor
  • 96-Segment LCD display driven directly by CC430
  • Includes an eZ430 USB emulator that connects the Chronos to a PC for real-time, in-system programming and debugging
  • Can be paired wirelessly with other RF based devices
  • And of course you can see time as well 😉


Here is a video introducing the watch by Texas Instruments

I am currently working on a couple of ideas like integrating this watch with Arduino etc. So stay tuned. Meanwhile if you see me waving hands in the air, look carefully, I might be controlling the nearby devices using gestures 😉

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